About People to People International Student Travel Programs
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People to People International Student Travel Programs turn the world into a classroom, creating an educational and inspirational experience that cultivates meaningful connections between students from across the US and from different countries.
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- Authentic cultural immersion activities
- Interactive learning opportunities
- Balances sightseeing and service
- Summer programs only
People to People International Student Travel Programs allow students to enjoy fully immersive educational experiences in several different geographical regions.
People to People International Student Travel Programs
People to People International Student Travel Programs are immersive, educational experiences that allow students to travel with purpose. The company offers trips to multiple locations, including Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Oceanic region. People to People plans programs for 6th-grade students up to postgraduate college students.
|Africa||2||8th grade - postgrad|
|Americas||1||6th grade - 12th grade|
|Asia||3||6th grade - postgrad|
|Europe||17||6th grade - postgrad|
|Oceanic||2||6th grade - 12th grade|
How People to People International Student Travel Programs work
There are two ways to travel with People to People:
- National delegations: Students from all over the U.S. come together to join a travel group chaperoned by carefully selected educators chosen by People to People.
- Local delegations: Students from the same area travel together, led by an educator from the same region.
A delegation manager stays with the group 24/7 for safety and to help the itinerary run smoothly. Each educator chaperone selected by People to People receives a background check and undergoes yearly training. They must also be CPR and first aid certified. Students will participate in monthly online and/or in-person meetings to help prepare them for the program. Students are also assigned a student success advisor who will help answer any questions.
During the program, students enjoy an immersive educational experience that includes:
- Homestays: Student travelers have the opportunity to stay with a local host family, which gives them an authentic and invaluable glimpse into the area’s culture.
- Unique access: Participating travelers have unmatched opportunities that include meeting with a former member of the United Kingdom Parliament, participating in discussions with international students, meeting one of the villagers who discovered the Terracotta Warriors in China and meeting the Swiss Guard in Vatican City.
- Community Services: People to People offers volunteer opportunities so students can make a difference in the communities they’re visiting.
- Activities and attractions: People to People’s travel itineraries are full of adventures such as taking a bike tour of Soweto Township in South Africa, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and rappelling in the Tuscan countryside.
- Education opportunities: People to People’s trips let students learn new skills through hands-on activities with experts. Opportunities include cooking classes in Rome, anime workshops in Japan, taking Spanish classes in Valencia and learning from scientists at a biotech company in Boston.
People to People International cost
The cost of traveling with People to People International Student Travel Programs varies based on your trip location, length and itinerary. The total price is typically between $4,000 - $10,000. When booking a trip, you can choose to pay the amount in full or pay a deposit, generally $350, to reserve your spot. The company offers a few payment plans to choose from as well as fundraising ideas.
Your program tuition includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, land transportation, all meals, attractions, activities, guided sightseeing, all tips and a medical protection plan. The college programs don’t include lunches, and students have a bit more free time on their own.
Are People to People International Student Travel Programs worth it?
If you want an all-inclusive, immersive educational program and can afford the price tag, we think People to People International Student Travel Programs are worth it. The trips are an invaluable real-world experience for students of all ages. Many people are more comfortable joining a travel program like People to People than planning the trip themselves. For one price, People to People handles the details for you and lets you focus on enjoying the sights and attractions of your chosen destination.
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Our booked trip was cancelled 2020, it was transferred to 2021 with us paying $350 transfer fee. When it cancelled again in 2021, we were offered 75% money back. After 6 months, we are still waiting for the money. They asked us to deal with their vendor who handled the credit card transactions to get the money back. When that failed, they then asked us to dispute with our own credit card company. When we disputed, the dispute was declined as they told the credit card company there were no errors. I am losing hope we will ever get the money back.
Breach of Contract by People to People International toward Student ambassadors who signed up for travel in 2020. I purchased one International Student Travel Programs for my daughter to go to Japan in the summer of 2020 for $7,658. The trip was cancelled due to Covid. They would not give a full refund, but kept 25% that could be used for a trip in 2021. SO we rescheduled for summer of 2021. They cancelled the trip again in March 2021 due to Covid. After two years of dealing with this company I want 100% of my money back. It has been three months since the trip was cancelled and 5 months since we paid in full and still no refund. They are blaming their credit card processing company and will let me know when it is resolved. However, there is not end in sight and at this point I am not sure if I will get my money back at all.
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Breach of Contract by People to People International toward Student ambassadors who signed up for travel in 2020. I purchased two International Student Travel Programs for my daughters to go to Italy, Greece and France in the summer of 2020 for $14,330. The trip was cancelled due to Covid. It was rescheduled for summer of 2021. At 99 days out from the trip, the trip is now cancelled due to Covid. They are offering 100% refund for those that booked in 2021 for travel in 2021, but for those of us that booked in 2020 we only get 75% refund and a travel voucher for the 25% remaining. After two years of dealing with this company I want 100% of my money back.
The refund terms were based on us cancelling travel. I did not cancel travel either year. It is clearly stated in the contract, "if you should choose to cancel..." is the exact quote. I did not choose to cancel and therefore I am not subject to a cancellation fee per their contract. They have breached the contract for two consecutive years. The refund policy penalizes those of us who gave them the benefit of the doubt and rescheduled while awarding those who more recently signed up. I have contacted the company, up to and including the CEO Merrill Eisenhower, to request this refund and have been denied. They continue to quote the contract which has been breached when they did not deliver on the services for two consecutive years. These students deserve their money back.
My daughter went on the Mediterranean Dreams trip this past summer. She selected that because of the window of time that the trip was on. In general, she had a very good experience. My daughter would say that it was the people that she met on the trip that made the experience. The program exceeded my expectations too.
I was studying French in school and our teacher would talk about the culture and the food, and that made me interested in France. And then France was one of the countries that the Europe trip with People to People had. I really liked meeting all the kids from different places and then saying how different each country was and what each country had differently. I really liked the program.
My son did the Discover Costa Rica trip. He got a recommendation from a teacher years ago and we never had the money to do it. So, it was like, "Okay, we can make this happen if you wanna go," and so he went. His favorite thing on that trip was the rappelling to the waterfall. I would have liked a little bit more of the giving back to the communities part personally. He liked working with the children and the stuff that they did. Overall, People for People was well worth the time and the money for him to experience the other culture and to be able to give back to the community by working with the orphanage and the elementary school children.
I had other children that have previously been with People to People. Recently, my daughter did the Mediterranean Dreams. She enjoyed herself and made some good friends. She enjoyed her homestay family and seeing the sights, like the landmarks. She's going back again this summer.
Ferdinand, our 14 year old son, had a blast with People to People. He went to the stem research that went from Boston to Iceland and then London and France as well. They went to a lot of different countries and it was his first experience. We have an older daughter that's gone through the People to People program, too, and she went to Australia and Canada. This was the first time our son has actually gone through the program, so we were really excited for him to do that. They both have gone to places where my wife and I had not had a chance to go to. It's on our bucket list.
We've had some experience in the past from our daughter, so we were familiar with the format and felt comfortable handing off our son to the People to People delegates to get them safely back. There was a little mishap on the way back. Their plane had some issues and they had to turn back and get it fixed. They had to stay an extra night in Paris in order to get on a different flight to Boston. But People to People reached out to me and said, "We've got a game plan."
Because my son is a minor, there were some logistics on him, traveling back home to San Francisco and he was an unaccompanied minor once he left Boston. So, we had to make sure that at least a delegate was gonna hand him off to someone from United Airlines. And they took care of him and made sure that he got on the plane and to make sure it was a non-stop. One of the things that we really requested is to make sure that he didn't have a change-over flight somewhere between Boston and California and so, they did that. They accommodated that and they listened to our concerns. And I think the overall experience for him was one that he'll always remember.
His favorite activity was in Iceland. He had to go do a paper or some kind of presentation about the Blue Lagoon. So, he had to do some research, some book work and then present it on the day that they were actually traveling there. And then they got to actually see it, which kinda instills all the things that you read in the books and you get to see the waterfall and touch the water and all that good stuff. So, it's a really good format that a lot of kids don't have an opportunity to do. They might see it on a DVD or on the Nature channel, on the Discovery Channel, or read it in a book, but it kinda locks things in place when you see it in person.
My son was traveling without his parents or sibling, so it's a different experience. When he came back, we could definitely tell he grew being on his own. But he was traveling with one of his cousins from San Francisco and she was 15, so we just made sure that they were on the same flight coming back. He had at least another person to keep him kind of not too homesick. He was gone for a good amount of time, but I really enjoyed watching the highlights. The delegates did a pretty good job of posting certain things on a private Facebook page that only parents had access to, friending within that circle of parents for the student ambassadors, and it was fun watching him go from place to place. It looked like they were having fun.
The stem research was one of the things that he kinda gravitated to just in school-related stuff, and to have People to People kinda infuse those elements in the travel was a definite plus. He was learning all the stem-related stuff and how it applies and also traveling, so he was a learning, traveling student, which is really good. It's a different way of learning, but it definitely beats just learning that stuff at school or at home. It's really nice to be able to go to the place and see and touch and actually step on all the places and landmarks.
Our daughter went on the Spanish Immersion Program this past summer and I can't even begin to express how wonderful the program is and all the people that run it. Sue and Carly were so great about answering all my questions leading up to the trip, including setting my mind at ease about sending my child so far away! Seeing our daughter experience all that she did throughout the month was incredible.
As for the program itself, we were absolutely thrilled with all that she saw and got to take part in...from cooking classes to Flamenco dancing! She absolutely fell in love with her homestay family and remains in contact with them. The experience was priceless. She learned so much, and grew so much as an individual in such a short amount of time. People to People is truly a wonderful program and I recommend it to anyone thinking of sending their child on such a trip because they are well taken care of, and it is well worth the cost because they certainly make the most of it! Cheers to you, PTP! You have a fabulous organization and I am forever grateful for all that you introduced my daughter to!
People to People Student Travel is an amazing program for middle and high school students who want to "travel with purpose". On a typical program students explore the history and culture of a country, interact with local families, participate in service projects, engage in adventure activities and so much more. The days are full and all travel expenses and meals are covered, there are no hidden costs.
As a program leader for over ten years I appreciate the depth of the programs and the opportunities for young people to experience many facets of travel. The leaders are seasoned teachers who enhance the travel experience, they are caring and are there to make sure that every child has a safe and enriching experience. Leaders are fully supported by a team of professionals who assist in the day to day operations while on program.
One of the rewards of traveling with students is seeing the difference travel can make. Friendships are formed, confidence builds and being immersed in a new culture can be life changing. If you are thinking about a program for your child or grandchild, talk to our staff and find out what People to People has to offer. It may seem costly but there is great value in something that can shape a person's perspective, help them to become a better citizen and learn how they can truly make a difference for good.
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